Roana Mataitini (front) during the Fiji Day celebration in the Cook Islands in 2020. 22112329
Roana Mataitini will be stepping down as the president of the Cook Islands Fijian Association at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
the association’s AGM set to be held today, Mataitini said she made this decision
based on work and family commitments.
has led the Fijian community since 2019, guiding them with immigration and work
processes and through the Covid-19 pandemic.
said her journey had been an eventful one.
were a great team of people who shared the same goals of being an organisation
to assist Fijians,” Mataitini said.
were a lot of new relationships forged with existing ones renewed and
strengthened particularly with government agencies, NGOs, private businesses
and reconnecting with Fijian pioneers who arrived early into the Cook Islands.”
said a lot had been achieved and wished the new committee, to be elected today,
the best in their bid to continue with the work that has paved the way for
arrived in the Cook Islands in 2002 and both her children, who are now 15 and
eight years old, were born here.
husband and children are my pillars of strength every day and always there to
share my joys but mostly to pick me up when I am about to throw in the towel of
serving. And of course, I can’t do all of this without Christ who gives me
is encouraging all Fijian community members to come together at the AGM,
volunteer to take up some roles to serve the Fijian community members, pay subs
and have their say in voting for the new executives.
believe that the current executive team have done their fair share of work and
it’s time for the new, young and energetic team to take the association to the
further advised: “Let’s remain united in Christ for prosperity. Know your
purpose when working in the Cook Islands.”
Fijians are known for the quality of work that we do. Maintain the standards
and ensure to make our family and country proud.”
There are more than 2000 Fijians residing in the Cook
Islands including children.